I have a confession to make…
On two occasions I have driven into the parking lot of Chef Ron’s Gumbo Stop but didn’t go in. I even looked through the window, but didn’t go in. A friend of mine who works at the Sheraton Metairie, just a few blocks away, joined me recently for lunch and boy was I surprised. I know you can’t judge a book by its cover; well I judged Chef Ron’s Gumbo Stop by its cover (exterior). You can consider this a hole in the wall restaurant, but it's clean, has great, friendly service, and the gumbo I had was fantastic. In most instances you will find Chef Ron checking on the diners to make sure you like what he cooked. Let’s face it. A restaurant that has the chef’s name and their signature dish in the title better be good.
Chef Ron’s Gumbo Stop is better than good, it’s excellent. At least the Louisiana Mumbo Gumbo that I ate. I’ll get to that in a minute. First I need to tell you about their menu. They serve three different gumbos in three different sizes:
- Louisiana Seafood Gumbo: Award-winning, crawfish, shrimp and crab meat (this time it also had plump oysters) 12 oz. @ $6.99; 16 oz. @ $7.99; 20 oz. @ $10.99
- Louisiana Chicken and Sausage Gumbo: 12 oz. @ $5.99; 16 oz. @ $6.99; 20 oz. @ $9.99
- Mumbo Gumbo: Filé Gumbo with chicken, shrimp, sausage, okra and tomato: 12 oz. @ $7.99; 16 oz. @ $8.99; 20 oz. @ $11.99
They also have a great deal on a sandwich (they call this a torpedo which is a French bread pistolette) and a 12 oz Gumbo of your choice for $8.99. This is a steal of a deal.
Now for the Louisiana Mumbo Gumbo. It had a medium roux, served at the perfect temperature, had a very good Gumboroma (smell), had plenty of stuff including two plump oysters (I even found a small pearl in one of the oysters), excellent seasoning and a wonderful after burn. The rice was one of the best. It was served hot and it is a brand called Jazzman. It is grown in Louisiana and has a popcorn smell to it. This was not a thick gumbo and it had okra but there was no slime factor. I ordered the combo which was a pulled pork torpedo. It was the perfect lunch.
Chef Ron's Mumbo Gumbo
Croux says “I’ll give it a 4 Spoon Rating”
Serving Temperature: Excellent
Presentation: Very Good
Price: The Best
*Read my Gumbo Rating System*
The Louisiana Travelin' Man